Teen sentenced to 9 years to life for murder of Tessa Majors

The shattered father of Barnard scholar Tessa Majors described the household’s “immeasurable pain” on Thursday — as a decide sentenced one of her killers to the utmost of 9 years to life in jail.

“On December 11, 2019, the hopes and dreams for our daughter Tess came to a tragic end,” learn Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos on behalf of Inman Majors, who wept within the gallery in Manhattan Supreme Court.

“Nearly two years later, we still find words inadequate to describe the immeasurable pain, trauma, and suffering that our family has endured since her senseless murder,” the daddy wrote. “Tess was a brilliant student, a voracious reader, a poet and a fledgling journalist. She had big dreams.”

But that every one ended after the faculty freshman encountered Luchiano Lewis, now 16, and his buddies.

Lewis and two center college buddies — (*9*) then 14, and Zyairr Davis, then 13 — stabbed Majors, 18, to dying throughout the botched theft in Morningside Park.

Majors, a student at Barnard College, was stabbed while walking through Morningside Park in Manhattan.
Majors, a scholar at Barnard College, was stabbed whereas strolling by way of Morningside Park in Manhattan.

Inman Majors, an English professor at James Madison University, described the ache that he and his household proceed to endure over the loss of their daughter, who had simply moved to the Big Apple from Virginia when she was slain.

“Our hearts ache as we watch Tess’ friends return to school, perform concerts, start new jobs, and experience all the things that our daughter never will,” he wrote within the heartbreaking assertion. “It is hard for many old friends to be around us. Our grief is too profound. We are too changed from the people we used to be.”
Weaver was the primary to assault the faculty freshman after she handed the trio whereas staring down at her telephone. He ran up behind her and kicked her laborious within the again. A tussle ensued and Majors bit Weaver then yelled for assist.

That’s when Lewis allegedly held her in a headlock, and Weaver repeatedly stabbed her, piercing her coronary heart, and sending the feathers of her down coat into the air.

Lewis pleaded guilty final month to second-degree murder and first-degree theft.

“The murder of Tessa Majors tore at the fabric of this entire city,” stated Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Robert Mandelbaum.

Tessa Majors' father Inman Majors was present in court for Lewis' sentencing.
Tessa Majors’ father Inman Majors was current in court docket for Lewis’ sentencing.
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The decide pointed to Lewis’ poor monitor document in jail — together with possessing contraband and taking part in a violent slashing of one other inmate for taking a blanket that he wished.

“Sadly and troubling the defendant has learned no lesson,” Mandelbaum stated earlier than handing down the hefty time period — the utmost for his age.

Bogdanos performed a brief video that confirmed the aftermath of the trio’s handiwork. Majors is proven stumbling towards a lamppost and collapsing on the bottom, the place she died.

A memorial for Majors in Morningside Park where she was murdered.
A memorial for Majors in Morningside Park the place she was murdered throughout a botched theft.
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Lewis’ protection lawyer requested the minimal earlier than turning the ground over to her consumer.

“As a human, I feel ashamed, embarrassed and sad,” Lewis, slumped in his chair, advised the court docket, with out Majors’ father. “I am not the monster you once thought I was.”

The teen saved his closing phrases for his personal father, who was additionally current.

“Dad, I am sorry I failed you,” he stated. “I promise I will make you proud again.”

Davis, who was charged as a juvenile delinquent, was the primary defendant to plead responsible within the case. He copped to one rely of first-degree theft in 2020 and was sentenced to 18 months in detention.

Weaver is awaiting trial.

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